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Going natural: Is it actually better for your skin?

December 4, 2020

The hype over natural ingredients in skin care is spreading fast—but is it really better for your skin? Read more to find out!

There’s a current obsession with all-natural ingredients being used in skin care products. This is because many beauty and skin care brands are responding to people’ search for gentle and less harmful products. But are natural ingredients really better than synthetic ones, or is it just another fad that you can ignore? We’ll find out today. 

Why go natural?

First off, let’s define what is considered as a“natural” product. Natural products are generally formulated with ingredients that are found in nature. But just because a product is natural doesn’t mean it’s organic—before you get an organic label, there are additional requirements, such as the use of non-chemical fertilizers to grow the natural ingredients. But that’s an entirely different discussion. 

There are different reasons to go natural, but most people go natural because they want to reduce the amount of synthetic chemicals they put on their faces. Some of these chemicals can be irritating to the skin, and natural alternatives tend to have a gentler formula.

Here’s a list of reasons people choose to switch to natural skin care: 

  • Natural scent smells better without irritating your skin.
  • Natural products have less drying agents than synthetic products, and therefore will be softer for your skin. 
  • Natural products are less expensive than synthetic products in the long run. 

Are natural products better than synthetic products?

Not necessarily. Here’s one thing you need to understand about natural products: natural ingredients are chemicals too, which means if you  use a product that is not compatible with your skin type, you’ll still have problems. You need to do your research on what is good for specific conditions; for instance, tea tree oil and aloe vera are both good for reducing inflammation, while jojoba oil moisturizes, helps fight premature signs of skin aging, and eliminates acne-causing bacteria. 

Natural products can also be harmful for your skin if you don’t know what combinations you shouldn’t do. This is particularly true when using essential oils—you need to know which oils are good to use as carrier oils, such as witch hazel or argan oil, which ones you should use sparingly, and which ones you shouldn’t even leave on your face, such as coconut oil because it can clog your pores. 

Additionally, synthetic products aren’t all bad—thanks to science, there are formulations that are gentle enough for you to use every day without being harsh for your skin. A good example is the SMACNE Exfoliating Aloe Cleanser, which combines aloe vera and tea tree oil with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid in a formula that helps fight acne, but is gentle enough for daily use. 

Go for a mix of natural and synthetic skin care

What we did with the SMACNE Exfoliating Aloe Cleanser and the SMACNE Acne Treatment is to combine natural ingredients with the best of science to create an effective skin care routine that helps get rid of your acne issues. But don’t take our word for it—read our SMACNE Stories for firsthand accounts of SMACNE users and get your own trial kit for free to see the results for yourself. 

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